Excalibur (comic book)

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Cover to Excalibur #1 (Oct. 1988).
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatOngoing series
Main character(s)Excalibur

Excalibur is the name of several comic book titles featuring the team Excalibur and published by Marvel Comics, beginning with the original Excalibur comic book series which debuted in 1988.

Publication history[edit]

Excalibur (vol. 1, 1988–1998)[edit]

Excalibur's original creative team, writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer Alan Davis, incorporated elements of two Marvel properties: the X-Men and Captain Britain. The resulting superhero team Excalibur first gathered together in Excalibur Special Edition #1 (1988) and were soon featured in a monthly series.

Davis left with Excalibur #24 (1990) and Claremont with Excalibur #34 (1991), leaving a number of various plot points unresolved before his departure. A year later, Davis returned as both writer and illustrator with Excalibur #42. He rejuvenated the series, returning to the (mostly) lighthearted tone of his original run, while resolving many of the plotlines Claremont had left dangling.

After Davis left again in 1993 (issue #67), Uncanny X-Men writer Scott Lobdell filled in for over a year (issues #68-82). Lobdell stated one of his key goals was to create a foundation for the series beyond being another X-Men spinoff, something both he and editor Bob Harras felt the series was lacking.[1] In addition, the tone of the series changed as well, from a lighthearted, fun comic to a more grim and depressing series.

In 1994, Warren Ellis assumed writing duties (issue #83) and, using his dark sense of humor, helped the book gain its own voice once again. Ellis left in 1996 (issue #103) and Ben Raab, his replacement (issue #106), failed to find a voice for the series, often borrowing plotlines from other X-books. Sales fell and Marvel canceled the series, which ended with issue #125 (1998).

Excalibur (vol. 2, 2001)[edit]

In 2001, a four-issue limited series titled Excalibur was published, written by Raab. Originally solicited as Excalibur: Sword of Power, the subtitle was absent from the published issues, and, due to an error, the indicia described it as Excalibur volume 1. In addition, the solicited cover to issue #1 was unused.[2]

Excalibur (vol. 3, 2004)[edit]

In 2004, Marvel Comics launched a new ongoing series titled Excalibur. Aside from the name and the writer (Claremont), it had no connection to Marvel's previous Excalibur titles. The series' last issue was #14, released in May, 2005.

The letters page of the final issue of Excalibur (vol. 3) announced a relaunch of the title as New Excalibur in November, 2005.

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Excalibur Classic, Vol. 1 - The Sword is Drawn Excalibur #1-5; Excalibur Special Edition November 2005 978-0785118886
Excalibur Classic, Vol. 2 - Two-Edged Sword Excalibur #6-11; Excalibur: Mojo Mayhem August 2006 978-0785122012
Excalibur Classic, Vol. 3 - Cross Time Caper, Book 1 Excalibur #12-20 February 2007 978-0785122029
Excalibur Classic, Vol. 4 - Cross-Time Caper, Book 2 Excalibur #21-28 November 2007 978-0785122036
Excalibur Classic, Vol. 5 Excalibur #29-34; Excalibur: Weird War III May 2008 978-0785131229
Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis, Vol. 1 Excalibur #42-50 June 2009 978-0785137405
Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis, Vol. 2 Excalibur #51-58; Excalibur: XX Crossing February 2010 978-0785144557
Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis, Vol. 3 Excalibur #59-67 July 2011 978-0785155430
X-Men: Fatal Attractions Excalibur, vol. 1 #71; X-Factor, vol. 1 #92; Uncanny X-Men #304; X-Men, vol. 2 #25; Wolverine, vol. 2 #75; and X-Force, vol. 1 #25 August 2000 0-7851-0748-7
X-Men: The Phalanx Covenant Excalibur, vol. 1 #78-82; Uncanny X-Men #306, 311-314, 316–317; X-Men, vol. 2 #36–37; X-Factor, vol. 1 #106; X-Force, vol. 1 #38; Wolverine, vol. 2 #85; Cable, vol. 1 #16 February 2014 0-7851-8549-6
Origin of Generation X: Tales of the Phalanx Covenant Excalibur, vol. 1 #82; Uncanny X-Men #316–317; X-Men, vol. 2 #36–37; X-Factor, vol. 1 #106; X-Force, vol. 1 #38; Wolverine, vol. 2 #85; Cable, vol. 1 #16; and Generation X #1 June 2001 0-7851-0216-7
Excalibur Visionaries: Warren Ellis, Vol. 1 Excalibur #83-90 May 2010 978-0785144564
Excalibur Visionaries: Warren Ellis, Vol. 2 Excalibur #91-95; X-Man #12; Starjammers #1-4 August 2010 978-0785149293
Excalibur Visionaries: Warren Ellis, Vol. 3 Excalibur #96-103; Pryde and Wisdom #1-3 December 2010 978-0785149521
Excalibur: Forging the Sword Excalibur vol. 3, #1-4 November 2004 978-0785115274
Excalibur: Saturday Night Fever Excalibur vol. 3, #5-10 June 2005 978-0785114765
House of M: Excalibur - Prelude Excalibur vol. 3, #11-14 August 2005 978-0785118121
New Excalibur: Defenders of the Realm New Excalibur #1-7 August 2006 978-0785118350
New Excalibur: Last Days of Camelot New Excalibur #8-15 March 2007 978-0785122210
New Excalibur: Battle for Eternity New Excalibur #16-24 December 2007 978-0785124559
X-Men: Die by the Sword X-Men: Die by the Sword #1-5 (epilogue to New Excalibur) March 2008 978-0785127918


  1. ^ O'Neill, Patrick Daniel (August 1993). "The Future is Now". Wizard: X-Men Turn Thirty. pp. 12–25.
  2. ^ "Marvel Comics for December". Comics Continuum. September 20, 2000.